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Drought resistant, higher-yielding GM rice developed by Japanese researchers

April 10th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. Published in Plant Biotechnology Journal, the study reports that transgenic rice modified with a gene from the Arabidopsis plant yield more rice than unmodified rice when subjected to …

Uganda: Farmers adopt new technologies to grow rice

March 28th, 2017 / Daily Monitor

Rice farmers in Pallisa and Butaleja districts are celebrating after adopting a new style of growing their crop that has seen them smiling all the way to the bank. Read …

Rice plants could be genetically tweaked to tame arsenic found in soil, reducing risk for humans

March 6th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Rooted in place, plants can’t run away from arsenic-tainted soil — but they’re far from helpless. Scientists have identified enzymes that help rice plant roots tame arsenic, converting it into a form that can be pushed back into the soil. That leaves less of the toxic element to spread into …

NEWEST rice will lead to food sufficiency in Africa

March 3rd, 2017 / Leadership, Nigeria

The Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Denis Kyetere has said the nitrogen-use efficient, water-use efficient and salt tolerant rice (NEWEST) will lead to food sufficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking at the annual review and planning meeting held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, …

Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

February 21st, 2017 / FAO, Italy

The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent …

These 7 wonderful CROPS will put Nigeria’s economy back on the track

February 10th, 2017 /

Many factors have been adduced for food insecurity in third world countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these determinants are hinged on natural and artificial logic at the expense of individuals’ failure of contributing to food security drive of world’s leaders which requires investments in wide-ranging food and cash crops. …

Unsung Heroes – reversing neglect

November 7th, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The third of our periodic blogs which discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. …

Improving half the world’s diet

November 1st, 2016 /

The humble rice grain is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world, but there is little nutritional value in the grain beyond providing carbohydrates for energy.
Until now.
University of Melbourne researchers are on the cusp of making a real difference by developing a new strain of rice …

Vitamin A (golden) rice now a reality

November 1st, 2016 / Daily Star, Bangladesh

The first field trial of the Golden Rice in Bangladesh has yielded promising results, triggering prospect of the vitamin A-rich grain’s release as early as 2018.
Two months after harvesting the Bangladeshi version of Golden Rice line, GR2E BRRI dhan29, scientists at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) found that rice grains …

Federal Government begins enforcement on GMO rice

September 23rd, 2016 / Today, Nigeria

The Federal Government has begun visiting research institutes that conduct field trials on genetically modified rice. The move, according to officials, was to ensure strict compliance with extant laws. See …